Eligible Rockford Homes Can Receive Utility Aid

By: Lauren Kravets Email
By: Lauren Kravets Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Some Rockford residents who are in desperate need of home repairs but unable to afford them are getting a helping hand from the state thanks to a generous grant.

Creaky stairs scream the age of one 130 year-old home in Rockford.

Margaret Ramirez has lived there for 25 years, and while she loves her spacious house, she says it needs some work.
A state grant might just provide that for Ramirez and other families. Comprehensive Community Solutions just received a $1 million dollar grant to make dozens of houses more energy efficient.

“Homes will be eligible for up to $6,500 of repairs which could include things like replacement windows, better insulation, new more efficient furnace,” said Kerry Knodle, Executive Director of CCS.

They’re repairs Ramirez says she could use.

“Something that’s not going to be so drafty.” Drafty like this door she has to seal on the bottom and it’s why Ramirez only uses air conditioning when it’s really hot.

“We use it sparingly because if it’s leaking out the doors and stuff, it’s really not a good thing to have it on all the time because of the cost of it,” Ramirez said.

The goal is to lower the cost so families can save on their bills.

Comprehensive Community Solutions couldn’t say the exact eligibility requirements to get the grant just yet because it’s so new, but they are targeting low-income homes.

The grant will help fix about 130 homes over the next two years. Each household can get up to $6,500 in repairs and there is also a similar city program. That’s where families can apply for that same amount so they could be eligible for a total of $13,000 dollars in upgrades.

For applicants seeking positions as Home Energy Auditor/Weatherization, and Weatherization Specialists, visit https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/ for more information.

Resumes should be sent to whoward@youthbuildrockford.org.

For more on the program or to apply, contact Roger Sexton at Comprehensive Community Solutions Inc. at 815-963-6236.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local non-profit organization will receive $1 million in grant funding to provide weatherization services to Rockford residents.

According to a press release, Comprehensive Community Solutions will allow for about 130 homes to receive necessary energy-efficient upgrades. Weatherization can include replacement of inefficient heating or cooling units, repair of air infiltration issues and the replacement of pipes, duct insulation and water heaters.

Eligible homeowners can receive up to $6,500. However, homes can also receive up to $6,500 through a similar program, the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program, which could bring a total of $13,000 of aid to a home.

"This initiative will benefit our community in the improvement of energy efficiency and lowering utility costs for residents," said Kerry Knodle, executive director and CEO of Comprehensive Community Solutions, in a press release.

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